DRIVEN | 2015 Lamborghini Huracán

2015 Lamborghini Huracán | Sepang F1 Circuit

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Written byAdam Tonkin

MyDrive | Automobili Lamborghini – Recently the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 was successfully launched in Australia with the company confirming fifty local orders for what is being touted as the most successful supercar in Lamborghini’s history. This has sent the Sant’Agata factory into high gear as they push to deliver on the 1500 odd orders they’ve already received.

This success is being driven by Lamborghini’s continual push into new markets in the Middle East and South East Asia which are fast becoming new hubs for the luxurious marque. With popularity outstripping available test cars, I flew to Kuala Lumpur to drive the Huracán at the home of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, the Sepang F1 Circuit.

The 5.543 KMS, fifteen turn circuit is not an easy one to learn, ex Formula One Driver Mark Webber can vouch for that, although thanks to countless laps on the Sony PlayStation, I at least had an idea of the layout. With the 5.2 litre, 602HP V10 soring towards its 8250 RPM redline in 6th gear at 245 km/h, it’s quickly realised it’s not as simple as hitting the reset button, should things go awry.

The performance of the Huracán has surpassed the Squadra Corse, the last edition of the Gallardo and it certainly shows. By utilising technical and structural advances from the Aventador, including DNA from bespoke vehicles like the Reventon and Sesto Elemento, the Huracán is a harmonic blend of superior performance. Being 50 percent stiffer and 10 percent lighter, the Huracán weighs in at 1422KG, giving the supercar a 42/58 front to rear weight distribution, thanks to the hybrid aluminium and carbon fibre chassis that was developed in conjunction with Audi.

“My first experience behind the wheel of the Huracán took me by complete surprise at just how well the Huracán performed”, said Peter Müller – Automobili Lamborghini, Chief Driving Instructor. “I spoke with the engineers after my initial test drive and they were also impressed with the Huracán out performing expectations so early in its lifecycle.”

As you slide into the driver’s seat and pull the door closed you are encased in a room of grey Alcantara with a smattering of hexagonal patterns and carbon fibre panels. Indicators, lights and window wiper stalks have been deleted in favour of functions on the steering wheel. Removing the stalks has created ample space for the longer, thicker Sesto Elemento inspired titanium shift paddles.

The view from the driver’s seat of the F1 track is wide and open, quite a contrast to driving on the street with the Huracán being longer and wider, but with the same height as the outgoing Gallardo. Starting the Huracán is a ceremony all in itself as you flick up the red fighter jet styled cover and depress the start engine button. From inside the cabin the starter motor quietly whirrs away before the naturally aspirated V10 barks into life. Like it or not, the transmission will always default to auto mode.

Although you can press the manual button located on the middle console to initiate self-serve gear selection. Trundling down pit lane in second gear at 60 km/h, I had a sense that I was about to witness something quite special. Once on the track, I was free to depress the aluminium loud pedal into the firewall which instantly released all of the V10’s capability.

The power of the engine is incredible with third gear providing a real shove in the back. Each gear selection brings a different experience as the 5.2 litre V10 rushes towards its lofty 8,250 RPM redline. The sound from the exhaust is similar to that of the Gallardo although the Huracán now inserts a crackle and pop to the overrun, adding a new element to the Italian built supercar.


Sepang with its tight almost hairpin like turns truly highlights the drivability and its proficiency to change direction quickly. Special attention has been given to turn in which is incredibly direct and precise regardless of the ANIMA mode chosen, STRADA, SPORT or CORSA.

For my first few laps the ANIMA switch (Lamborghini’s traction control system) was left in STRADA mode, Italian for road. STRADA to the novice means that everything is in relaxed mode, the bi-modal exhaust is on and won’t fully open until 4200 RPM. The suspension is firm but comfortable, traction control aids are fully engaged with transmission and throttle inputs are at their most relaxed.

SPORT mode is a step above that, bringing a sporty nature to the setup of the car where CORSA (Race) mode adds an entirely new dimension to the Huracán. Upshifts are lightning fast and brutal, especially high up in the rev range. Downshifts are met with the same ferocity with an added rev matching blip of the throttle. Driver inputs are met with quicker, sharper and more focused responses.

Speaking with Maurizio Reggani, Research and Development Director at Automobili Lamborghini, he commented “we’ve worked tirelessly with the geometry of the new aluminium double wishbone suspension to respond quicker to road condition and driver input providing greater balance and feel.”

The electromechanical power steering may not be to everyone’s liking, but on the track it assists steering input and continually feeds information from the road directly to your hands.
Sepang is one of the fastest race circuits on the Formula One calendar and building up to 245 km/h, braking does become an important factor especially at the end of the long straights. Massive third generation carbon-ceramic brake rotors provide all the braking you will ever need.

Advanced components and progressive testing has increased brake feel and bite, a major complaint from Gallardo owners especially when the brakes were cold. To complement the rotors, the Huracán has enormous six piston front and four piston rear brakes calipers that bite down hard to wash off speed at a rapid rate. This only encouraged me to brake later on the technical Sepang track.

The clunky and hard to live with E-gear transmission from the Gallardo has been replaced with the new Lamborghini Doppia Frizone (LDF), a double clutch 7-Speed gear box which feels solid, precise and near on brutal in CORSA (RACE) mode. Hold in the left downshift paddle in CORSA mode and the transmission will automatically drop to the lowest gear possible, an adoption of smart intuitive technology.

Inherent with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) cars is their tendency to understeer and on the track it is more noticeable than ever. But realistically, most owners will never have the need or desire to push their cars that hard to find such a limit. Although you can feel the brain of the Huracán constantly adjusting the traction control to manage throttle inputs and wheel angle via the electromechanical power steering system, the understeer is progressive and quite predictable. It all happens within milliseconds thus to aid forward motion and maximise grip to the specially designed Lamborghini L-Series 20” P-Zero tyres.

Grip levels have been maximised as a result of 50 percent more down force than the Gallardo, an astounding achievement on its own. The Lamborghini Esperienza Huracán track cars travel the world and receive quite a beating, their survival is a true testament to their design and development. With 10,491 kms on the clock of one Huracán, it drove like it just left the factory floor. A quick glance at what used to be bright glossy red calipers have now turned to a deep cherry red indicating that the brake package has seen its fair share of hot stops from above 250 km/h.

Lamborghini is reknowned for its designs, power, the names they assign to special models and this trend is set to continue. “At Lamborghini we are about tradition and this is why we have chosen to stay with naturally aspirated power in the Aventador and Huracán models although this may be an area for discussion in the future” said Stephan Winklemann, Automobili Lamborghini CEO. “Nameplates used to signify special models for Gallardo will also be used for the Huracán but we may have a few surprises” Stephan Winklemann responding to future model releases.

Key Competitors

• McLaren > 650S
• Ferrari > 458 & 458 Speciale

The Huracán’s package front and aft may not be as pin sharp as the Ferrari 458 Speciale or as pliable as the tail happy McLaren 650S, but with this being the first generation of the Sant’Agata supercar, its capabilities are simply surreal.

Final Thought

The engineering advancements make the Huracán a simple car to drive fast and that’s not just in a straight line. You don’t have to be a supercar aficionado to extrapolate all its power and function. It is so usable and compliant to your input, ready to be accessed at the touch of the ANIMA switch.

When it comes to supercars the word ‘bargain’ should never be used to quote the manufacturer’s asking price, however with a starting price of USD $241K and $428K in Australia, it’s not exactly expensive considering the power and the level of equipment the Huracán arrives with stock.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Lamborghini for their hospitality in Malaysia.

Vehicle Details

Year, Make, Model

Australian Pricing

2015 | Lamborghini Huracan A$428,600 – BASE (MSRP)

Engine

Fuel Type

5.2 Litre V10 Engine

Petrol 98 RON

Kilowatts

449 kW

Horsepower

602 HP

Maximum Torque

560 NM

Fuel Consumption

12.2L/100 Combined (Manufacturer Claimed)

0 – 100 / 60

0 – 200 / 120

3.2

9.9

Gearbox

7 Speed Dual Clutch + Reverse

Fuel Tank Size

80 Litres

Weight

1,422 (Kerb Weight)

Safety Rating

N/A

Warranty

3 Years / Unlimited Miles – Kms

Roadside Assist

Contact Lamborghini for details

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For details on Lamborghini and the Huracán, click > www.lamborghini.com.au

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